Professor Kathleen J. Pottick, PhD, MSW, MA, LCSW, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). The academy is an honor society of distinguished scholars and practitioners that convenes thought leaders and recognizes fellows for their accomplishments that promote social good by advancing the fields of social work and social welfare.
Pottick, a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey, focuses on better understanding and removing the barriers to providing effective mental health services for children and adolescents, and disadvantaged populations. Among other topics, she has investigated racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service use for youths with serious emotional disorders in the United States. She also has analyzed outpatient mental health services for minority inner-city adolescents in Newark, New Jersey.
“I’ve always been interested in the paradox of programs and policies that are meant to help people, but sometimes do not,” Pottick said. “I am thrilled, and very honored to receive this recognition, for me, and for Rutgers.”
Pottick’s work has received funding from major government and foundation sources, such as the National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and has appeared in numerous publications, including Social Service Review, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and American Journal of Psychiatry. Pottick also is on the advisory board of the international social work journal, Ethics and Social Welfare.
Election to AASWSW is by confidential nomination and approval by a supermajority of all members. Pottick and other newly-elected fellows will receive a medal and plaque during an induction ceremony at the Society for Social Work and Research’s annual conference on January 17, 2020.